THE CULTURAL PRECINCT
Located just across the river from the Brisbane CBD, Southbank is the most popular destination for visitors and locals to enjoy South Bank’s sandy beach, the open grassy picnic spots, the shops and dozens of eating places. There are cinemas, free live entertainment and many festivals and fireworks throughout the year.
Named after John Douglas Story, Brisbane’s Story Bridge links the inner city suburbs of Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point. Have a picnic or BBQ under the bridge at Captain Burke Park or eat out at the historic Story Bridge Hotel. For the more adventurous, take a climb over the bridge itself with Story Bridge Adventure Climb.
GRAB A CITYCAT
Even locals love to get out on the Brisbane River and it’s so easy and cheap to do with a journey on the CityCat. Take a cruise up and down the river, stopping wherever you like along the way – South Bank, University of Queensland, New Farm. The CityCats glide over the water and you’ll see multi-million-dollar houses, parks and the city centre. Travel under the Story Bridge and get a whole new perspective.
MT COOT-THA LOOKOUT
Even if you only have an hour or so to spare, take the drive up to the top of Mt Coot-tha to get a view of the whole of Brisbane city. You’ll see the curves of the river, the lines of the freeway, the skyline of the CBD.
On a clear day there are views south-west to the distant ranges and east towards Moreton Bay. There’s a cafe, restaurant and lookout at the top.